West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt was born on Dec. 23, 1918, and has his Sun in Capricorn. His is a most unusual chart, indicating a very complex man, who is continuously striving to attain balance between his totally divergent drives and inclinations. He is an extrovert as well as an introvert. His desire for public life and the limelight is opposed on his chart by a desire for monasticism and domestic tranquility. He is a staunch conservative and yet a progressive, modern man where he tries to balance his all-pervasive idealism with pragmatism and the art of the probable.
His mind is superb, open and curious, constantly seeking new data, new knowledge. It is philosophical and detached, continuously translating abstract thinking into reality, while, at the same time, extrapolating universal wisdom from mundane happenings. His mind is logical, excellent at inducting, deducting and synthesis. The only flaw in his thinking pattern might be timing, as he may have a tendency sometimes to execute his ideas too quickly.
There is not a shred of shallowness or glibness on this chart. Small talk is definitely not "his cup of tea," and neither are old, worn-out slogans. He might be not a very good "party man," so to speak, since to talk in "cliches" and engage in petty squabbles is beneath the standards he sets for himself.
It has been said that his current political problems might have been avoided if he had not agreed to the separation of the functions of party chief and chancellor, (after Willy Brandt resigned as chancellor in 1974). His chart clearly indicates why he agreed (and probably quickly) to do so. It must have been a great relief to him not to have to "lead the troops."
It is in the very nature of this man to avoid anything that is factional, provincial or trivial. Everything in this chart tends to be translated into worldly terms, into long-range views. It is the chart of a philosopher, a thinker, who views any current domestic problem through the prism of history, and a global history at that, from the ancient past through year 2000 and beyond. I am quite sure that he does not subscribe to the dictum "Do what is necessary today, and tomorrow will take care of itself." He believes, instead, that all that happens today does affect and shape tomorrow, and it is from that perspective of the future that he deals with the problems of today.
In sharp contrast to other German politicians' charts (Brandt, Hans-Dietrich Genscher), his is the chart of a statesman, an advisor, a professor, a man who should be listened to, for he views all things from a much larger perspective than the majority of people.
But it has been also said that prophets are not recognized in their own countries. His chart indicates that he is under a great deal of stress at present, and this stress continues intermittently through the rest of this year and during 1982.
The first onslaught occurs during October (between 10-31), to be immediately followed by the second one, from Nov. 15 to Dec. 5. I would not be at all surprised if he resigned during one of those periods, especially in view of the fact that his fate is strongly tied to the fate of Brandt (their current Suns, despite difference in their ages, are running concurrent, both now at the fifth degree of Pisces). He is also tied (astrologically) with Genscher. Those three charts have similar aspects of stress and are facing a roller coaster ride throughout 1982, the first strong jolt occurring in the spring, the second in the fall.
If Schmidt remains in office through January 1982, then the stress aspects on those three charts imply a dangerous international situation. At any rate, the events in October, and again in November 1981, will force Schmidt's hand, one way or another, until he either quits or forces an alliance so that all men will then face common danger together.